March 18, 2008

Watching Snow Melt



Here are a few of my favorite online haunts:

[This is the site I visit to fantasize about living in Toronto again, which is almost every single day during the winter]

Jonathan Cainer's Zodiac Forecasts
[This is where I visit in the morning, when I need a positive spin on things past, present and future.]

Living Local
[This is where I go to see what Canadians are up to, sometimes I even buy things from the businesses listed there.]

Environment Canada Weather
[This is the site I visit every morning, and before every road trip during the winter]

This morning the skies are grey and winter seems like it will last FOREVER! Not true of course, winter will not last forever, it probably won't even last a month. I wouldn't mind if, on that one day a week that Attila has off work, the weather would permit us to move beyond the walking-distance world. But, almost all Sunday's this past winter have been miserable, keeping us close to home.

Last weekend we managed to get out and about by visiting the public library in the village where some of my ancestors pioneered. The library has a wonderful Historical Collection, and we enjoyed a few hours of browsing. I am still on the lookout for information as to just who my Great Great Grandfather was, his parents, his death, his burial. He was either a very wily character, or a person whose ancestry and death fell through every crack in written history. Knowing my extended family as I do, I suspect he was a very wily character. Members of this family are not intellectual slouches.

This morning I decided to play around with a blog, so I downloaded WordPress to get started. The dial-up connection is being dominated at the moment by a download of the latest version of NeoOffice, 134 MB. This download has been chugging away since yesterday morning, and I am hopeful it will complete sometime this afternoon. What this means is that the download of WordPress, an 864 kb file proceeded relatively quickly. Once the compressed file is opened though, it is over 4 MB and this would take hours to upload, since the dial-up connection is already busy downloading the NeoOffice update. What to do!?!

A little legwork saved the situation. First, WordPress support recommends uploading the compressed file and decompressing on the remote server. They even tell you how to do this; use an SSH connection. So I uploaded the 864 kb file to my server, ready to be decompressed.

Knowing I needed an SSH connection, and not having made one for several years, I found instructions in the support documents at my web host's site. Armed with instructions from WordPress and my web host, I proceeded to make the SSH connection via Terminal. I stopped there. My, how quickly we forget! I had forgotten the command line code to navigate to the directory where WordPress was waiting. Just couldn't remember! Basic stuff, so I rummaged around in my bookcase and plucked out my handy dandy copy of Learning Unix by James Gardner, published in 1994.

cd directory name

Simple, when you remember how to do it!

Then I was off and running; the file is decompressed and awaiting installation.

The Learning Unix book was a "one woman's garbage is another woman's treasure" acquisition. Once upon a time, while wandering the halls of a Canadian university, I happened upon a pile of books piled high and slated for destruction, the garbage. I pulled out a few gems, and Learning Unix was one of them. Certainly it isn't up to date, and much has changed. But for my simple needs this book is more than adequate. Basic navigation in UNIX has not changed all that much over the last 14 years; it is a good little reference book.

When written instructions are well done, working with UNIX and servers is a lot of fun.

Well, that is what I am doing with my time as I watch the snow melt, ever so slowly melt. Not very exiting, a woman of a certain age sitting in front of a lit screen with a little smile on her face. Reality TV couldn't be bothered, I'm sure! Just goes to show you though, "you can't judge a book by its cover".

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Wordly Distractions

African Violet and Me Watching the Snow Melt
Here I am, bundled up in my Cowichan sweater, trying to watch the snow melt, and failing miserably because it falling out of the sky at a great rate and accumulating all over the place! At least I have the bloom of the African Violet to cheer me up. Don't I look cheerful!?! I think I should get points for trying.

The Last Train to Glory
by Arlo Guthrie

On The Screen
Northern Exposure
Seoul Mates Episode

By The Easy Chair
The Three Miss Margarets
by Louise Shaffer

"The full use of your powers along lines of excellence."
- definition of "happiness" by John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle."
- Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

Condition Partly Cloudy
Press 102.3 kPa falling
Visibility 14.5 km
Humidity 46 %
Wind Chill -7
Dewpoint -11.3°C
Wind ESE 21 km/h

Page by Page: A Woman's Journal
by Maggie Turner

Canadian Maggie Turner writes and publishes poetry, photography, and a personal journal online. Her work reflects the current way of life in Canada, embracing Canada's past, present, and future in a unique portrayal of everyday life. Maggie's voice is one of the many that actively depict the rich diversity of Canadian culture.

Photography: "a term which comes from the Greek words photos (light) and graphos (drawing). A photograph is made with a camera by exposing film to light in order to create a negative. The negative is then used in the darkroom to print a photograph (positive) onto light-sensitive paper.
Source: University of Arizona Glossary

Poetry: "a form of speech or writing that harmonizes the music of its language with its subject. To read a great poem is to bring out the perfect marriage of its sound and thought in a silent or voiced performance. At least from the time of Aristotle's Poetics, drama was conceived of as a species of poetry."
Source: Creative Studios

Journal: " "Though a journal may be many things - a treasury, a storehouse, a jewelry box, a laboratory, a drafting board, a collector's cabinet, a snapshot album, a history, a travelogue..., a letter to oneself - it has some definable characteristics. It is a record, an entry-book, kept regularly, though not necessarily daily.... Some (entries) will be nearly illegible, written in the dark in the middle of the night.... Not only is it a record for oneself, but of oneself. Every memorable journal, any successful journal, is honest. Nothing sham, phony, false...." (Dorothy Lambert from Ken Macrorie's book, Writing to be Read )
A journal is a way to keep track of your thoughts about what you read... as well as what you did on any given day."
Source: Journal Writing

A Blog is an online journal created by server side software, often hosted by a commercial interest.

"The term "weblog" was coined by Jorn Barger[4] on 17 December 1997. The short form, "blog," was coined by Peter Merholz, who jokingly broke the word weblog into the phrase we blog in the sidebar of his blog Peterme.com in April or May 1999.[5][6][7] Shortly thereafter, Evan Williams at Pyra Labs used "blog" as both a noun and verb ("to blog," meaning "to edit one's weblog or to post to one's weblog") and devised the term "blogger" in connection with Pyra Labs' Blogger product, leading to the popularization of the terms."
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_blogging

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